Patients lie to their doctors mostly to avoid being judged
When you ask your patients the question, are you doing your walks regularly? Or if you’ve been eating fruits or vegetables every day? Do they tell you the truth and nothing but the truth? Well, if they haven’t been completely honest, don’t worry because most of the patients' fib.

According to a recent study, 60 to 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health. Apart from half-heartedly speaking about their diet and exercise most of the respondents either didn’t speak much when they disagreed with the doctor’s recommendation or didn’t end up understanding their clinician’s instructions.

When respondents explained why they weren't transparent, most said that they wanted to avoid being judged, and didn't want to be lectured about how bad certain behaviors were. More than half were simply too embarrassed, to tell the truth.

"Most people want their doctor to think highly of them. They're worried about being pigeonholed as someone who doesn't make good decisions," said Angela Fagerlin, senior author on the study. The results of the research were published in the journal of JAMA Network.

The study revealed that people who identified themselves as female were younger, and self-reported as being in poor health were more likely to report having failed to disclose medically relevant information to their clinician.

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